Agency: Founded in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival has a democratic spirit. It is intended for the general public, while festivals like Cannes are by invitation only. “It’s just a flood of movies — good, bad and indifferent,” writes Manohla Dargis, a Times film critic who attended this year’s Toronto festival, which wrapped this weekend.
Highlights included “Flee,” a beautifully animated documentary about an Afghan refugee; “Hold Your Fire,” a jaw-dropper about a decades-old American hostage crisis; Benedict Cumberbatch as a 1920s Montana cowboy in “The Power of the Dog” and as a cat-fancying painter in “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”; and “Becoming Cousteau,” about the underwater French explorer.
Manohla “wept buckets” over her favorite film from the festival, “The Tsugua Diaries,” which was shot during the pandemic and was very much about it, as well as “friendship and the deep, life-sustaining pleasures of being with other people.”